Demystifying NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Scheme otherwise NDIS is the largest Australian Government initiative to be introduced since Medicare. It is implemented by a Government entity known as the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).  The similarity in names causes some confusion but at the end of the day it is the job of the NDIA to implement the NDIS.

NDIS Australia

Aim of the NDIS: Provide people under the age of 65 years of age living with a disability with the supports they need to live a life that is as full and independent as possible.

Legislation claim: No individual can be worse off under the new initiative.

Roll outs: It was decided that the NDIS would be rolled out in stages. The concept was trialled in a few select locations before being rolled out across the country. The NDIS now is quite different to the initial trial as necessary changes have been made after the trial was reviewed and this is a consistent practice to improve the system.

The NDIS was rolled out in Bayside Peninsula on April 1, 2018.

Importance of Planning


During the planning meeting with the NDIS representative, individuals or their carers will be asked a range of questions in an interview that will take approximately 90 minutes. Preparation for this meeting is vital. You need to know what services and supports you are receiving now and what supports are missing which you are eligible for. SAI home and community care provides scheduled pre-planning sessions to assist you so that the process does not seem overwhelming. Brief NDIS chats with our Manager are free however we charge $150 for our pre-planning sessions. Visit our NDIS pre-planning page or chat with us on +61 (3) 8785 0999


Preparation for your 90 minutes planning meeting is vital. You need to know what services and supports you are receiving now and what supports are missing. It helps to have evidence of supports, supporting letters from specialists, price quotes for potential equipment purchases and overarching goals that you want to achieve that are tied back to the disability.

In some cases, individuals will just need a continuance of existing supports and this is a perfectly acceptable way of entering into your first NDIS plan. Your plan will last for 12 months. You can amend it if necessary, however the goal is to review your plan annually.


Utilise available beneficial services from service providers like us. Our team ensures that client’s individual independence is maintained. Find out more about the NDIS services offered by SAI Home and Community care. Click here 


Anyone wishing to access the NDIS should first visit the website and click on the ‘My NDIS Pathway’ link. There is an array of resources available to explain eligibility and access.

When to apply? 

You can apply up to six months prior to the NDIS rolling out within your region.

After Registration: 

Once registered, you can manage your NDIS activities in the ‘My Portal’. There are a range of instruction guides on the NDIS website to assist in the development of the portal which needs to be linked to a ‘myGov’ account.

Understanding NDIS Phrases: Core, Capital, Capacity

With the introduction of the NDIS there a collection of new phrases that we must familiarise ourselves with including core, capital and capacity building supports, support coordination, price guide and types of plan management.

Core funding relates to the funding needed to maintain daily living such as domestic tasks and personal care, consumable items such as continence aids, Assistance accessing the community.

Capital funding relates to Assistive technology such as: equipment needed due to disability, home modifications. This funding is not flexible and both assessment and quotes are needed.

Capacity Building funding supports the individual to build their independence and skills for example behavior therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy.

What to do next?

  • Chat with our friendly staff on  8785 0999 and book your pre-planning meeting where we will provide one-on-one coaching and support to help you prepare for your NDIS meeting.
  • Once you have your funding, SAI Home and Community Care can assist you with the provision of personal carers, support workers, cleaning, respite (this has a new name under NDIS) and Support Coordination.
  • Welcome to SAI ! Now you are part of our expanding family. Lets walk on this journey together

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Experience one-on-one complementary consultation with SAI Team. No individual needs are the same. We invest time to get to know you and your needs so that we can together plan and individually tailor program to meet your needs.

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We ensure individual needs are taken care 24/7 backed by 40+ years of experienced leaders providing high quality care. We passionately commit to assist and empower our clients to fulfill their goals and enable choices to remain living independent in their homes.